Anyone who examines the history of Western art must be struck by the prevalence of images of the female body. More than any other subject, the female nude.
This item:The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality by Lynda Nead Paperback $36.08. Her contentions here in The Female Nude are extreme. Really this is not an overview of western female nudity in art and photography at all.
(p. 200), in fact, no particular interpretation can fully realize the "contradictory" demands of an authentic musical work (p. 197). The book contains excellent, often.